Episode Guide: American Public Television / Season 3 (Currently Airing)
Episode 1. Catalina Island – A Natural History Fairy Tale
Original Air Date: June 7, 2016
Boasting a remarkable plethora of wildlife, Catalina Island is a wildlife sanctuary in every sense of the term. Quaintly nestled off of the southern coast of California, Catalina Island has gradually garnered stable populations of an unlikely mixture of plants and animals that reached the remote destination by fascinating means. Journey with Patrick as he navigates the breathtaking landscape of this unique island and sheds light upon the wonderment of one of Mother Nature’s few remaining safe havens.
Episode 2. Catalina Island – Jewel of the Pacific
Original Air Date: June 8, 2016
Now a tourist hotspot, Catalina once played host to a Native American population that utilized the island’s intricate landscape to its advantage. The island has faced its share of tribulations, mostly due to the introductions of disease and environmental hindrances from various non-native species. Thankfully, the Catalina Island Conservancy has done an excellent job of keeping these issues in check and maintaining the health of wildlife residing on the island. Join Patrick as he discovers firsthand just how incredible the success story of Catalina Island and its wild inhabitants truly is.
Episode 3. West Texas – The Trans-Pecos
Original Air Date: June 15, 2016
One of the most misunderstood regions of North America, the Trans-Pecos is not a desolate expanse of nothingness as commonly thought. In fact, it is a melting pot of several different biomes. While it does indeed make up the northern portion of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Trans-Pecos also features a vast stretch of grasslands and oak-juniper woodlands. Come along with Patrick as he explores the Trans-Pecos during its peak time of year, monsoon season, and discovers all of the wonders that Texas’ natural melting pot has to offer.
Episode 4. The Trans-Pecos – A Changing Landscape
Original Air Date: June 22, 2016
On top of being a hotspot for biodiversity, the Trans-Pecos region of Texas contains a constantly evolving landscape. Boasting a remarkable array of flora and fauna, the Trans-Pecos is home to several species unique to this particular area. While many associate the Trans-Pecos with the arid desert, cacti are not the only examples of plant life found in the West Texan habitat. Tune in as Patrick draws attention to the spectacular vegetation that calls the Trans-Pecos home.
Episode 5. Colorado's Rocky Mountains – The Rooftop of America
Original Air Date: June 29, 2016
Home to some of the highest peaks in the U.S., the Rocky Mountain range of Colorado sports picturesque landscapes that are just as charismatic as the animals that call them home. From bighorn sheep to elk, the fauna of the Colorado Rockies thrive in the region’s rich habitats, such as valley grasslands and ponderosa pine woodlands. However, the mountains of Colorado also boast a tundra habitat reminiscent of the Alaskan wilderness. This broad range of habitats makes the Rocky Mountains of Colorado one of the most fascinating and unique natural landscapes in the country. It is truly "the Rooftop of America."
Episode 6. Colorado's Rocky Mountains – Challenges and Changes
Original Air Date: July 6, 2016
The Rocky Mountain region of Colorado is a breathtakingly beautiful expanse that is home to some of America’s most captivating fauna. However, the attractive appearance is deceptive, as the region also experiences harsh weather conditions throughout the year. As a result, several of the species in the area are specialists that are perfectly adapted for survival in the Rockies. This alpine locale is surprisingly fragile and faces challenges from climate change and non-native species that are affecting the land. Join Patrick as he traverses Colorado’s Rockies and analyzes just how impactful these climatic vagaries are at America’s rooftop.
Episode 7. South Texas – A Hint of the Tropics
Original Air Date: July 13, 2016
A birdwatching haven, South Texas is surprisingly tropical and features a vast array of beautiful birds. Known for playing host to a number of parrot species, this region is also home to towering palm trees that don’t exactly fit with the stereotypical view that most have of the Texas wilderness. While the natural habit of South Texas is not nearly as bountiful as it once was, the biodiversity of the region is still utterly remarkable and extremely important to the area’s ecosystem. Tune in, and birdwatch with Patrick as he pays a visit to South Texas.
Episode 8. South Texas – The Border
Original Air Date: July 20, 2016
While famous for its unique tropical habitat, South Texas also features prairies and wetlands. The ecosystem is one of a kind, as it is a melting pot of habitats that offers a picturesque reflection of America’s ecosystem as a whole. Though this ecosystem exists at the Mexican-U.S. border, it would be much more appropriate for it to lie in the heartland of America. A de facto heartland of sorts, South Texas is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Join Patrick as he soaks in the natural beauty that life at the border has to offer.
Episode 9. Frogs – Spring's Symphony in Peril
Original Air Date: April 5, 2009
How many youngsters become fascinated with nature by playing in mud puddles catching tadpoles and frogs? As a youngster, Patrick waited for the calls of wood frogs to signal the end of a long, cold winter. Today, all around the globe, these harbingers of spring are disappearing at an alarming rate. Join Patrick in a race across the region, through the seasons, and against time, to uncover the most secretive, strange, and seldom seen frogs of the Carolinas.
Episode 10. Clemson Forest Part 1 – A Backyard Bounty of Life
Original Air Date: June 28, 2009
The Clemson Experimental Forest is over 17,000 acres of woodland and pastoral agricultural land surrounded by a suburban and agricultural landscape in the piedmont of South Carolina. It doesn't boast lofty summits, towering waterfalls or rushing rivers but it does contain a world-class diversity of plants and animals that is difficult to surpass in the highly modified piedmont landscape. Join Patrick as he explores this remarkable working forest to in search of vibrant neo-tropical migrant songbirds, shorebirds, rare woodland plants and other strange and seldom seen inhabitants of a forest ecosystem that is not that different from your own backyard.
Episode 11. Clemson Forest Part 2 – From Tragedy to Triumph
Original Air Date: July 5, 2009
Today, the Clemson Forest is over 17,000 acres of lovely, pristine-looking woodland and pastoral landscape nestled among suburban neighborhoods in the South Carolina piedmont. But this forest wasn't always so picturesque. Eighty years ago this landscape was an ecological disaster. Years of poor cotton farming practice led to dramatic erosion and hardly a tree grew in this now verdant setting. Join Patrick as he explores the changes that led from catastrophe to the restoration of the vibrant world-class ecosystem and working outdoor classroom that is the Clemson Forest.
Episode 12. The Longleaf Empire – Apalachicola National Forest
Original Air Date: August 17, 2016
One of the most breathtaking longleaf pine forests in America is the Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida panhandle. As a landscape kissed by fire, the abundance of longleaf pine stands that make up the forest harbor an interesting array of flora and fauna, including some highly intriguing carnivorous plants. Join Patrick as he walks among the longleaf pines that call the Apalachicola National Forest home.
Episode 13. The Longleaf Empire – Francis Marion National Forest
Original Air Date: August 31, 2016
The heart of the longleaf pine forest empire, the Francis Marion National Forest, is a national treasure. A haven for red-cockaded woodpeckers, the forest is highly important to South Carolina’s ecosystem. Like most longleaf pine forests, the Francis Marion National Forest is shaped by fire, which is necessary for the ecosystem of the forest to persist. Come along with Patrick as he showcases the uniqueness that makes the Francis Marion National Forest the crown jewel of America’s longleaf pine forests.